Monday, 24 July 2017

I remember being 16 and watching endless videos on Youtube on 'what's in my beach bag' as I was a curious soul. Now that we're half way through the summer I thought I'd write a post on what comes with me to the beach. Living in a hot country means I head to the beach 3-4 times a week either in Gibraltar or Spain, and these are some of my essentials. 

pool essentials


I got gifted these beautiful Versace sunglasses from and having always used sunglasses from high street brands, I was amazed to see how clear and great they are at blocking the sun. I never bought designer glasses before because I have a habit of accidentally sitting on my sunglasses, but I am taking extra care of these and will take them to the pool but opt for my inexpensive ones for the beach or festivals. I love the design and wearing them makes me feel like a Kardashian and like someone who has their sh*t together. 

versace sunglasses

A Good Book

This summer I haven't actually read the usual 'summer YA reads' and have been trying to read more classics. I've just got through reading Hemingway's A Farewell To Arms and even though it has a lot of quotable writing, I found it to be a bit cheesy and confusing because there were about 100 Italian names mentioned throughout the book. There were parts that I liked and at times it is very witty. I'm on the hunt for something new to read so if anyone has any recommendations please leave them in the comments below! 


Tanning Oil

I've got Mediterranean skin so I usually start off with a factor 20 cream and then gradually move to tanning oil (although my face still doesn't tan). I'm currently using brand-owns from Spain but Banana boat and Hawaiian Tropic are also some of my favourites. 

High-Factor Face Cream 

I've noticed I'm getting some dark pigmentation above my lip from the sun, despite the fact my face is always white and I wear a factor 15 moisturiser throughout the year. I'm now using a factor 50 anti-ageing face cream to prevent this further and of course to keep my face as youthful as possible, although it would be nice if my face matched my body's colour!

What are some of your summer essentials?


  1. Can you believe I've just done a post similar to yours on my blog? I loved reading yours, as we've shared similar essentials. I adore a good read!
    Have a lovely day,
    xx Kris

  2. Oh I love your sun glasses! Also ageee on everything else. I always get through books so much quicker on holiday or when I'm sat in the sun. It's like all of a sudden my phone doesn't matter and my book takes a front seat!

  3. Those sunglasses look gorgeous on you!!! I'd love to be able to use tanning oil... I think I would look like a burnt sweet potato chip within 3 minutes! Xxxxxxxxx


  4. I love those sunglasses! Books are an essential for me, whenever I’m having a chill holiday I get through SO MANY books and its my favourite thing!

  5. A good book by the pool is a MUST! Reading this post made me want to go on holiday haha arghhhh xx

  6. Those sunglasses look lovely! I love reading books in summer!

  7. The sunglasses are gorgeous! I will definitely be taking a look at watchshop before I go on holiday!

    Holly x

  8. I've just come back from a sunny holiday and my ultimate pool-side essential is a good book, and I'm currently making my way through the Game of Thrones series.
    Alicia x
    Aesthetic Obsessed

  9. I definitely agree with a good book and some high factor protection! I burn so easily so it's really important for me to be protected! Xx

  10. Oooh, I adore those cat-eye sunglasses! It's such a flattering shape! I have a similar pair from Primark and I never take them off hehe! I have never actually used a tanning oil but as I'm off on holiday to Portugal very soon, I might have to make the investment! Thanks for sharing!

    Abbey 🌸

  11. I love a good pair of sunglasses, it can really transform your outfit and make you feel super confident! A nice book is a must-have too - I love reading books, especially in the sun!

  12. We have all the same essentials! Like you, I leave my expensive pair of shades at home and take cheaper ones when I'm out and about! Having something to do when at the beach/pool is very important! I love having a break from technology and getting to read a good book!

    Sian x

  13. Oh those sunglasses are beautiful! I always need to bring a book to the beach. I finally finished The Handmaids Tale when I was on holiday and I was so happy to finally get through it. And sun cream is an essential. I'm not the best tanner, so I tend to stick to factor 30 because I'm always so worried to burn

    Lauren | Lauren the Daydreamer

  14. Really awesome essentials babe! A great book is a must when chilling in the summer time. Thanks for sharing πŸŒΈπŸ’—✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x |

  15. Cant go wrong with a good book. Loving the sunglasses!

    Becks x

  16. You've made me want to hit the beach and soak up the rays. Great post.

    Steph xx


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